Emissions Reduction Fund: ‘fertiliser efficiency in irrigated cotton’ method

The Department of Environment has been busy over the last year making new greenhouse gas emissions reduction methods available for use under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). A number of these are designed to benefit the farming sector, including a ‘fertiliser efficiency in irrigated cotton’ method released in December 2014.  

Water running short? How do we manage our irrigations?

When water is limited growers may need to change from their normal irrigation practice to optimise yield, quality and water use efficiency. As with fully irrigated production, the aim is to limit or minimise the amount of stress on the crop. Cotton’s response to water stress depends on the stage of growth that stress occurs, the degree of stress and the length of time the stress is present.

Late season irrigation management

Many crops, particularly in the northern regions, are fast approaching cutout. Cutout occurs when the plant has 4-5 nodes above white flower (NAWF) and generally occurs late January to mid February. This is the time of the last effective flower which can be used to plan irrigations after cutout.  End of season water requirements can be determined by estimating the number of days until defoliation and predicting the amount of water likely to be used over this period.

Last effective flower and cut out dates

Crop walk and breakfast - Southern NSW (Darlington Point)

The Southern Valley's Cotton Grower Assoication is inviting southern NSW growers to a crop walk and breakfast on Thursday 22 January.

Taking place at Point Farms, the walk will cover five key topics:

  • Nutrition trial - the importance of N and P in the system (Incitec/Yenda Prods)
  • Pix rate observations - methods adopted for 2014-15 season
  • Practical use of crop imaging
  • Nitrogen uptake and efficiencies (Kieran O'Keeffe, regional development officer, CottonInfo)
  • Thrip trials (Sandra McDougall, entomologist, NSW DPI).

Date: Thursday 22 January

Time: 9:30am

Location: Point Farms (meet at Main Shed), Darlington Point

For more information, contact: 
James Hill - 0408 892 317
Matt Watson - 0427 566 656

Date: 
22/01/2015
Location: 
Darlington Point NSW

Field walk: early season picking trial - Emerald

Cotton growers in Central QLD are invited to a field walk with QLD DAFF senior scientist Paul Grundy on Monday 19 January to look at the early planted cotton, which has had its first defoliation and is nearing picking.

Date: Monday, 19 January 2015

Time: 3-4pm 

Location: Dougall Millar's property, 'Orana', Wills Road.

For more information, contact:
Ngaire Rougley, CottonInfo technical specialist (0427 556 311, ngaire.roughley@daff.qld.gov.au)
Renee Anderson, Cotton Australia regional manager (0448 125 156, reneea@cotton.org.au)

Date: 
19/01/2015
Location: 
Emerald QLD

17th Australian Agronomy Conference - Hobart

The 17th Australian Agronomy Conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania from 20 to 24 September 2015. The theme of the 2015 conference is Building Productive, Diverse and Sustainable Landscapes.

Date: Sunday 20 to Thursday 24 September, 2015

Time: TBC

Location: Wrest Point Convention Centre, Hobart, TAS

For more information, contact: the conference organisers, Conference Design, on 03 6231 2999 or via mail@conferencedesign.com.au

Date: 
20/09/2015
Location: 
Hobart TAS

Irrigation, plant physiology and disease field day - Emerald

A field day focusing on irrigation, plant physiology and disease is being held in Emerald this Thursday 15 January at 9am.

Geoff Hunter, CottonInfo's regional development officer for the Central Highlands will join Cotton Australia's regional manager Renee Anderson, CSIRO's research scientist Dr Rose Brodrick, and CSD's senior plant pathologist Dr Stephen Allen for the field day.

Date: Thursday, 15 January 2015

Time: 9am

Location: Nev Brownlie, 'Crandley', 874 Wills Road, Emerald.

For further information, contact:
Geoff Hunter, CottonInfo (0458 142 777, geoff.hunter@cottoninfo.net.au)
Renee Anderson, Cotton Australia (0448 125 156, reneea@cotton.org.au). 

 

Date: 
15/01/2015
Location: 
Emerald QLD

Irrigation research tour: Nevertire

Cotton industry irrigation researchers will tour growing regions in February, 2015, to showcase innovative scheduling and automation technology. Growers will have the opportunity to meet with researchers at trial sites at Emerald, Moree and Nevertire - a great chance to hear about, question and see the latest research in action. Download the event flyer here.

The tour will showcase:

  • IrriSAT - Dr John Hornbuckle, CSIRO
  • Canopy temperature sensors - Dr Onoriode Coast, CSIRO
  • Dynamic deficit scheduling - Dr Rose Brodrick, CSIRO
  • EM38 soil moisture monitoring - Jenny Foley, QLD DNRM
  • VARIwise: optimal, adaptive irrigation - Dr Alison McCarthy, NCEA
  • Smart automation in furrow irrigation – Dr Malcolm Gillies, NCEA, Dr Jasim Uddin (NCEA), David Robson (Rubicon)

The tour is supported by CRDC and CottonInfo.

The details for the Nevertire leg of the tour are:

Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015

Time: 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: 'The Wilgas', Nevertire

For further information, contact: 
Amanda Thomas, CottonInfo - 0417 226 411, amanda.thomas@cottoninfo.net.au)
Janelle Montgomery, NSW DPI & CottonInfo (0428 640 990, janelle.montgomery@dpi.nsw.gov.au). 

Date: 
12/02/2015
Location: 
Nevertire NSW

Irrigation research tour: Emerald

Cotton industry irrigation researchers will tour growing regions in February, 2015, to showcase innovative scheduling and automation technology. Growers will have the opportunity to meet with researchers at trial sites at Emerald, Moree and Nevertire - a great chance to hear about, question and see the latest research in action. Download the event flyer here.

The tour will showcase:

  • IrriSAT - Dr John Hornbuckle, CSIRO
  • Canopy temperature sensors - Dr Onoriode Coast, CSIRO
  • Dynamic deficit scheduling - Dr Rose Brodrick, CSIRO
  • EM38 soil moisture monitoring - Jenny Foley, QLD DNRM
  • VARIwise: optimal, adaptive irrigation - Dr Alison McCarthy, NCEA
  • Smart automation in furrow irrigation – Dr Malcolm Gillies, NCEA, Dr Jasim Uddin (NCEA), David Robson (Rubicon)

The tour is supported by CRDC and CottonInfo.

The details for the Emerald leg of the tour are:

Date: Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Time: 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Wills Road, Emerald QLD

For further information, contact: 
Lance Pendergast, CottonInfo - 0448 601 842, lance.pendergast@daff.qld.gov.au
Ngaire Roughley, CottonInfo - 0477 394 116, ngaire.roughley@daff.qld.gov.au

Date: 
10/02/2015
Location: 
Emerald QLD

Big Day Out 2015: Gunnedah

CottonInfo, CRDC and the Department of Industry and Science will host two Big Day Outs in 2015, highlighting energy use efficiency - one at St George, the other at Gunnedah. The Gunnedah field day will look at energy audits, NSW tariffs and renewable energy, and will feature AgriRisk high achiever of the year for 2014, Brendon Warnock. 

The details of the Gunnedah Big Day Out are: 

Date: Wednesday 25 Feb 2015

Time: 1pm onwards.

Location: property of Scott Morgan, “Kensal Green”, Gunnedah. (A map is available by clicking here). 

Featuring:

  • Opening by Adam Kay, Cotton Australia CEO
  • The future of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources on farm
  • Energy audits and tariffs
  • Hybrid power solutions for irrigation and domestic pumps
  • The economics of solar/grid irrigation bores
  • Renewable policy incentives
  • Farm tour including domestic solar installations, pumps and piped infrastructure.
  • Speakers include: Keith Higgins, energy consultant; Glenn Clark, Yellot Dot Energy; Jon Welsh, CottonInfo; Peter Bulanyi, Si Clean Energy; Office of Environment and Heritage energy auditors; Joseph Foley and Gary Sandell, NCEA.
  • A weather station auction for a young cancer patient will take place at afternoon tea.

Download the full agenda here.

For more information, contact:
Katie Slade, CottonInfo regional development officer for the Upper Namoi: 0418 687 580

 

Date: 
25/02/2015
Location: 
Gunnedah NSW

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